Monday’s Musings #258

This week we had the pleasure of spending some wonderful time with a precious friend. He was visiting from Washington state and experienced our neck of the woods for the first time. It was such a treat to introduce him to new foods native to our state, visit places he’s only read about and get to know one another even better. Because our family spent the week loving on our dear friend, I was not able to put together a blog post as I had hoped I would. With that said, I am glad you are here! And appreciate what you will share today.

Now, let’s get this link up going!

Monday's Musings #258 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #257 & Bananas Fosters Snack Mix

Bananas Fosters Snack Mix & Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

Maybe you know this about me or not but I love trying knew recipes! Literally, I am trying new recipes weekly. Although we have out tried and true favorites, having something new each week changes it up. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and just had to try it. It was deemed a keeper by the family!

So, I had to share it with you all because my family really enjoyed it. It is easy, tasty and adaptable. Your family will love on you generously for making it! At least I believe they will.

Bananas Foster Snack Mix

  • 3 cups Honey Nut Mix
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex Mix
  • 2-1/4 cups pecan pieces (or halves)
  • 1-1/2 cups banana chips
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (or vanilla extract)

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix cereals, pecans and banana chips. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, coconut palm sugar and cinnamon. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring once after each minute. Stir in extracts. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat.

2. Cook, uncovered, on high 3 minutes, stirring well after each minute. Spread mixture onto waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Some notes: If you do not desire to microwave, you could bake in an oven. I have not done this but I, personally, would bake the batch on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I would watch it closely and stir it at least 2 times and rotate the pan as well. Bake it until it is a bit crunchy and slightly darker in color. Since I have not done it this way, it will be a learn-as-you-go process for you.

Also, any changes you might make to the recipe will result in change in flavor.

This recipe is so easy to do and quick. It makes 2-1/2 quarts and you can double it!!

Now we’ve got our treat in place so let’s get to the link up! Love that you stopped by!

Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

UPDATE: Last week I was not able to put the linky up. I had an injury to my eye and was unable to handle staring at the computer screen or bright lights in general. I am doing much better and praising the Lord for healing.

NOTE: I have had the pleasure of participating in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup & Mug Exchange more than once. So, I am just passing on the information below in case it is something you’d love to do. I may even participate this time myself.

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

 

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Monday’s Musings #253 & Loving Others Like Jesus

Loving Others Like Jesus & Monday's Musings #253 | What Joy Is Mine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is on the brain. But not just a romantic love but a selfless love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34) John 13, verse 34 are the words of Christ and He tells us how to love one another.

We love one another as we are loved by the Lord. In knowing we are loved by God, we are to share that love with others. Jesus says in verse 35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)  How we love others ought to reflect the love we receive from the Father. The word “ought” signals a duty. A duty is something one is required to do. It is a responsibility of moral obligation. We are commanded to “keep loving one another earnestly” just as Jesus loved us. (1 Peter 4:8)

The word earnestly means “with sincere and intense conviction.” What a powerful thought! To love others with sincere intention and an intense conviction. This is a Jesus-kind of love: to be intentional with the purpose of mirroring the love we receive from God. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11) Remember what we discussed about the word “ought”? Again, we are to love one another because it is commanded by the Lord and demonstrated by Jesus.

How does this look? Well, it’s a kind word or a helping hand. It’s sharing and encouraging. It’s choosing to work out differences and bring about reconciliation. It’s putting others before yourself. It’s loving the unlovable. It’s loving the broken and lost. We must continue to work towards loving others the way Jesus loved. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)  “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

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Monday's Musings #253

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #252 & January Daybook

January Daybook & Monday's Musings #252 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is January 29, 2017.

The weather is really nice. Not too cold and sunny. Supposed to have nice sunny weather all week.

I am presently enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. It’s the Lord’s Day and it ought to be restful. We’re watching a 1936 movie with our kids at the moment. Do you like old movies?

I finished my goal setting earlier this month. So far, I have been able to work toward some of them. I like to do a monthly check in to see where I am with each one. This helps me stay focused and intentional.

We have been tentatively planning our future trips. Planning early helps us afford it financially as well as encourage us to hold each detail in prayer. It is my prayer we get to do all we are hoping to.

Some of the books I am hoping to read this year are in my hands now. I am starting with “Does Grace Grow Best In Winter?” by Ligon Duncan. This book answers the questions: What is suffering for? What does it look like from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty? It looks like a quick read with, hopefully, a good message.

Our family bible time consists of two things. We are reading through the New Testament using this plan. We are also continuing our study through The Shorter Catechism using Training Hearts, Training Minds. We’re on question #42 this week. We often have good biblical discussion and I am loving this time with my kids.

I am excited about baseball season! With the Super Bowl this upcoming weekend, I am ready to close out football and watch some baseball. Do you like baseball? Do you have a favorite team?

Spring cleaning has begun in our home. I’ve tackled the master bath and my bookshelf in our bedroom. I’ve also begun to clean out and reorganize our pantry. I am excited to be making good progress in decluttering and reorganizing areas in our home. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to happen in spring friends.

At our church, we are starting up our community groups once more. We will be in a different group and are excited to see how God will grow us up in Him during our time together. It’s a blessing to fellowship with fellow believers.

I am grateful for a new year, for goals to work towards, for a God who hears my prayers, and for praise.

A favorite quote: My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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